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Zamorano University to expand community outreach, distance learning and services to its students with newly renovated state-of-the-art conference and lodging facility

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The project is funded by a $2.2 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan, United States. The Kellogg Foundation funded the original construction of the center over three decades ago. An estimated 300,000 people have benefited from the center since its opening in 1988.

The W.K. Kellogg Training Center renovation and expansion project will provide modern facilities for learning, including continuing education and distance learning. The renovated center will feature intelligent whiteboards, simultaneous translation equipment, video conferencing, and complementary modern technology, connecting Zamorano students and other members of the community with academia, civil society, and private and public sectors internationally.

Keeping in line with Zamorano’s commitment to protecting the environment, the University will install a solar energy system to heat water; utilize rain water harvesting; employ energy saving equipment, including LED lighting; and revamp its landscaping to reduce maintenance costs and water consumption.

“This project is an investment in the University, our students and the community, which will allow Zamorano to more effectively fulfill its purpose to form the future leaders of Latin America, and reach out to the real needs of our societies,” said Dr. Jeffrey Lansdale, President of Zamorano University.

The Kellogg Center will provide improved services to Zamorano, neighboring communities, and Honduran and international organizations. The Center is well known in the region as an ideal place to bring people together for the benefit of many.  “Zamorano is committed to engaging with all sectors and providing a world-class educational experience for our students. The renovation of the Kellogg Center will allow us to do both,” Lansdale said.

About Zamorano University

The Panamerican Agricultural University, known as Zamorano, is a private not-for-profit university located in Honduras, whose mission is to contribute to the socio-economic progress in Latin America by educating leaders based on rigorous programs, academic excellence, Learning-by-Doing, and values and character development. Zamorano graduates are leaders in business, government and academia in Latin America and worldwide.

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF)

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.

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